Massey University's strange new advert

The new New Zealander - Massey University's new advertisement.

OPINION: She came to me as if in a dream. She was beckoning and calling to me like a pixie vixen, tempting me to move away from the House of Waikato. She wanted me to surrender and be with her kind. But where was she from? Was she real? A fantasy? A sorcerer’s trick? What game was she on and how could mere mortals play?

Cambridge lawyer's nonconformist life cut short

Matthew Phillip Hanna

When Matt Hanna was in the room, he was a notable presence nobody could neglect.

The fight for our moral fabric

Violet McClintock with her parents Lisa and Jeff.

OPINION: There's a fabric that runs, invisible, through our society. It holds together all other strands of life. But because we've never had to weave life without it, we don't realise how our world would crumble in its absence. 

Mind your manners at crowded festivals

Children at Welcome Captain Underpants writer Dav Pilkey session of the Auckland Writers Festival. They were just some of the thousands at the Aotea Centre, which was heaving with people. .

OPINION: Denise Irvine had a great time at the Auckland Writers Festival, but finds a few participants didn't quite mind their manners.

48 Hour film makers astonishingly creative

Entries from the 48 Hour film-making competition never cease to amaze.

OPINION: Richard Swainson has again judged regional entries for the 48 Hour film competition, and again been astounded by the entries.

Dairy industry critics need to tell both sides

Federated Farmers dairy chairman Andrew Hoggard.

OPINION: Recent report on the cost of NZ's dairy industry needs to look further than evidence that suits its needs.

Teachers 'deserve a pay rise'

PPTA President Angela Roberts

OPINION: Teachers make a difference to young people's lives every day. There ought to be people queuing up to get into the classroom.

Drug smugglers knew what they were doing


OPINION: Recent news that yet another New Zealander is on trial for drug trafficking in an Asian country and faces the possibility of the death sentence should be a very loud wake-up call here for those tempted to get involved in the trafficking business no matter how big potential rewards.

Enthusiasm flagging

The New Zealand flag doesn't need to change.

It's not looking good. The Prime Minister's strange flag-changing barrow is starting to wobble and could yet end up falling flat. 

Take the imaginative path

Brad Scott of Lanyon plays Dungeons & Dragons at Good Games. The granddaddy of all role-playing games marks its 40th anniversary this year.

OPINION: Joshua Drummond finds a perfect way to engage children's imagination.

Harry's popularity a bit of a puzzle

Prince Harry mobbed by his adoring public in Christchurch.

OPINION: It came as a shock to me to learn Prince Harry is sadly lacking in his knowledge of the Spice Girls.

You can't deny Hamilton's decline


OPINION: Dear Denise,

Melt that twisted sculpture down

The $150,000 Passing Red sculpture is being moved to the council's former Horotiu landfill site.

OPINION: What's left of Passing Red should serve as to remind the council and staff of how badly they failed the city with their grand plans.

Matamata-Te Aroha funeral director dies

Kerry Allen McKinley 1950-2015, loved to fish.

Kerry Allan McKinley, 1950-2015

The Bachelor morally dubious

Bachelor Arthur Green finally settled on a girl. Whether it's true love is another story.

OPINION: We all – especially those with baser instincts – love a scrap. Schoolkids race in from far-flung boundaries of the playground to witness a fight. Is this what broadcasting has finally come down to? What next? Reality TV breakups and divorces?

Hamilton airport a costly mistake

Hamilton Airport - the crowds are long gone.

OPINION: The taxi driver I’m watching doesn’t seem to be the sharpest knife in the drawer.

Choose to live like no-one else

Saving now means you can enjoy the future.

Financial teacher Dave Ramsey is well known for his saying; “If you will live like no one else, later you can live like no one else.”

Celebrating mums today

It's time to celebrate Mother's Day.

It's time to step back and celebrate the woman we call mum.

Hamilton's CBD alive and well(ish)

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Hamilton City, stock photo.

OPINION: Until there's a right to bear arms in the Waikato, we will continue to sleep safe in our beds.

Visual arts are on a roll in Hamilton


OPINION: Hamilton is humming right now. That sweet sound in the wheels is the vibrant, spirited song of the visual arts.

Well-known orthopaedic surgeon dies

Robert John (Bob) Kyd, 1941-2015

Bob Kyd was popular all his life.

The language of the future

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OPINION: ​Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been learning a new language.

In defence of duck-shooting

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Opening day of duck shooting season at Fish & Game pond in Pokeno.

OPINION: Over the past weekend, an estimated 40,000 people were out in the swamps and wetlands for the opening of the duck-shooting season and I was one of them.

Bali Nine, mercy and the drug trade

A vigil held before Bali Nine duo Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were executed on Wednesday.

OPINION: Justice is a harsh thing sometimes. Never is it harsher than when crime meets the ultimate punishment, as it did this week in Indonesia.

Celebrate Orson Welles on his 100th


OPINION: Growing up, while contemporaries indulged every ghastly musical trend of the moment, my attention was on the movie stars of yesteryear.

It's not sport, it's chasing birds with guns

OPINION: It’s that time of year when grown men play dress ups with loaded guns.

I can't smell the stench of decay

An aerial view of the Hamilton Hotel on Victoria St.

OPINION: Not seeing the good stuff in Hamilton is "a big miss", Denise Irvine writes.

He just kept touching my head ...


Florence Lilias (Flo) Lim, 1924-2015

Flo Lim taking her Asian Cooking class

Chopsticks: "Food tastes better with chopsticks." Prawn paste: "It's a bit stinky but it makes such a difference to the nasi goring." This was from-the-heart advice from Flo Lim to generations of Fraser High School night classes on Asian cooking. Flo would have known. She was Kiwi to the back teeth but totally loyal to her Chinese culture.

Hamilton's plan a good one, generally


OPINION: I’m not going to say I enjoyed reading Hamilton City Council’s 10-year plan. But I will say that this is the best effort at summarising a complex situation I’ve seen.Kudos to the council fortrying to freshen up attempts to interest the community by simplifying the financial outlook into three clear options and replacing dull soul destroying hearings with three meetings.

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